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Hello! I am a licensed attorney, eligible to practice in front of state and federal court, who is ready to help. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating (click here to see my ratings information) so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. My recommendation would be not to sign an invoice for 40 hours. If you work these 72.5 hours, then you should report the amount that you weren't. Depending on the agreement that you had with the government, they may only pay you for the 40 hours if that's what you agreed to, but if you still work over that time, then I would still put the 72.5 hours and then deal with the payment issue later. It is possible that the government simply just has a standard form that says that you work 40 hours, but you can simply cross out the part where it says 40 hours in put 72.5. If you decide to sign the invoice at 40 hours, then it would not be considered fraud, but you would be agreeing to me only pay for 40 hours.
If that doesn't work, you may want to get a protective order from your local sheriff's office as well.
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